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TITLE: Rising Suns, Rising Daughters - Gender, Class and Power in Japan

AUTHORS Joanna Liddle, University of Warwick, and Sachiko Nakajima

ISBN/PRICE:
1 85649 878 6 hbk GBP55.00/US$75.00
1 85649 879 4 pbk GBP16.95/US$27.50

FEATURES: Notes/Bibliography/Index/352 pp COURSE RELEVANCE: Women's Studies/Asian Studies TERRITORIAL RESTRICTIONS: The Zed edition of this title is not available for sale in Thailand. Customers in Thailand should contact White Lotus.

KEY POINTS

+ An important addition to the very few books available in English on Japanese women

+ Introduces an original conceptual framework for the study of gender, class and global politics

+ Fascinating historical and in-depth interview material for students and the general reader

ABOUT THE BOOK

This book traces the changing position of Japanese women through significant moments of history and into the contemporary period. It repudiates the commonly held view of the submissive Japanese woman, and shows how women have been active agents in constructing new identities both in family and public life. The energy of the women's liberation movement of the late twentieth century resonates with echoes of struggle and resistance from earlier times. The authors show how gender relations are crucially related to the construction of class and are used as a resource in the struggle for power between nations. The contemporary material is based on detailed interviews, conducted over two decades, with women who have challenged the stereotypes normally attached to Japanese women and attained positions of influence in professional life. The powerful and moving stories bring into focus the broader movements of history and culture within the experiences of individual women.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Joanna Liddle lectures at the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender at the University of Warwick. She has done international collaborative research on the problems encountered by professional women in several countries and is the co-author of Daughters of Independence (Zed Books, 1986). Sachiko Nakajima formerly worked with the National Personnel Authority in Japan.

CONTENTS

Preface
Introduction
The Idea
The Women
The Fieldwork
The Objectives
The Book
PART I WOMEN AND THE GLOBAL POLITICAL ECONOMY

1. The Women's Movement
Gender Politics in the New Heisei Era
The 'Second Wave' Women's Movement
The 'First Wave' Women's Movement
2. Japan Enters Global Politics
Japan's Resistance to Western Imperialism Maintaining Class Power at Home
Resisting Subordination Abroad
Japanese Imperialism: Joining the Elite
Competing with the West
3. Women and the Subordination of Japan
Gender, Class and the Struggle for Global Power Japan's Weakness and the Woman Question
Motives of the Male Reformers
4. Creating a New Japanese Womanhood
Extending Control over Women in the Family Education for Women
Excluding Women from Politics
5. Building a New Japan: Good Wives, Wise Mothers Women's Contribution to the National Wealth
Women's Contribution to Military Strength
6. Building a New Japan: Working Women
Going Out to Work: Factory Girls
Going Out to Work: Prostitutes
Gender and Global Distinction
PART II GENDER, CLASS AND POWER BEFORE THE WESTERN INTRUSIONS
7. The Bases of Power
8.Women and Class
Gender, Class and Feudalism
Women's Disinheritance
9. The Rise of the Military Class
The Struggle for Power
Family Forms
Land Inheritance
10. Civil War
Formation of the Social Classes after the 14th Century
11. Women's Position and Social Class
Consolidating Women's Subordination in the Military Class
Women of the Lower Classes: Peasant Women
Women of the Lower Classes: Merchant Women
Gender, Class and Power before the Western Intrusions
PART III YEARNING FOR THE SKY AND THE STARS
12. The New Woman
Movements for Change, Spaces for Opposition Middle-Class Women 'going out to work'
'A Field of Struggles'
13. Militarist Expansionism
The Colonies - 'Civilisation and Enlightenment' War: Repression and Opportunity
Contradictory Gendering
14. Defeat of the Militarist Project
Material Loss and Social Absence
Progressive Discourse
Erosion of Authority Systems
Taking Advantage of Change
15. The American Occupation
The Occupation Reforms
The Approach of the US Occupation to Women Women and the Reforms
Constant Quiet Struggles
PART IV GENDER, CLASS AND POWER
16. Class and the Reproduction of Power
The Significance of Class in Japan
Analysing Power
17. Employment as a Field of Power
Women's Positioning in the Employment Field
Women's Participation in the Employment
Field Power Distribution in the Employment Field
Employment Position and Social Class
Gender and Class Origin
Class Origins and Women's Access to Power in the Employment Field
18. Education as a Field of Power
The Development of Education
Women's Positioning in the Education Field
Power Distribution in the Education Field
Education and Social Origin
Gender, Cultural Capital and Class Reproduction
Professional Women's Education
Class Origins and Access to Power in the Educational Field
19. The Family as a Field of Power
Women's Positioning in the Field of the Family
Biological and Class Reproduction
Power Distribution in the Field of the Family and the Connections between the Fields
PART V BECOMING A PROFESSIONAL WOMAN: THE STRUGGLE FOR CHANGE
20. Gendered Class Identities
21. Discourses of Gendered Class Identity Competing Discourses of Femininity
Competing Discourses of Masculinity
22. Regulatory Social Practices
Social Practices in Education
Social Practices in Employment
Social Practices in the Family
Reproducing Family and Class Distinction
23. Contradictions of Middle-Class Femininity
Contradictions in Education
Contradictions in Employment
Contradictions in the Family
PART VI BECOMING A PROFESSIONAL WOMAN: ACHIEVING THE RIGHT TO COMPETE
24. Changing Subjectivities
25. Changing Social Practice
Establishing a Professional Career
Negotiating New Family Lifestyles
26. Changing Subjectivities
Supporting the Family
Developing a Mature Self
Contributing to Society
Being, and Failing to be, The Professional Housewife
Being a Working Woman
Different Worlds
27. Women in the New Heisei Era
Continuity and Change
Representing Women's Subjectivities
CONCLUSION: RISING DAUGHTERS
Bibliography
Index

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